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Using Computers To Connect With Classical Music

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:22pm

Yale computer scientist David Gelernter talks with NPR's Arun Rath about using computers and the Internet to teach young people to appreciate the beauty of what he calls "serious music."

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Not My Job: 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Gets Quizzed On Glad Men

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 8:19am

The final season of Mad Men is about to begin, so we've decided to ask the show's creator about men who are glad rather than mad — success coaches, motivational speakers and happiness gurus.

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Influential Guitarist John Renbourn Dies At 70

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

John Renbourn co-founded the popular folk/jazz group Pentangle and was one of the most respected and influential acoustic guitarists in the world. He was found dead this week at his home in Scotland.

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Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.

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Hunting Mythical Monsters 'At The Water's Edge'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

Sara Gruen is following her bestselling Water for Elephants with a tale of a young American couple who travel to Scotland during the Second World War in search of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

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Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:03am

Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.

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Nigerian Artist Continues A Family Tradition With 'Sartorial Anarchy'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:46am

In Lagos, Iké Udé's family engaged in a West African tradition: photographing people wearing new clothes. Clothing and portraiture are still at the center of the New York-based photographer's work.

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Photography, Misery And Beauty In 'The Salt Of The Earth'

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:37pm

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Salt Of The Earth, a documentary directed by Wim Wenders about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.

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How Does Play Shape Our Development?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, and fantasy are more than just fun. He came to this conclusion after conducting some somber research about the stark childhoods of murderers.

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Who's That Guy Riding The Subway In His Underwear?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

Charlie Todd choreographs bizarre, hilarious, and unexpected public scenes. He explains how his group, Improv Everywhere, creates these moments of urban whimsy to bring people together.

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Small Batch Edition: Talking 'X-Files' With Kumail Nanjiani

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:03pm

On today's Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.

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Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:20pm

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.

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'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:07pm

The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."

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How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:22am

Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.

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Why It's So Hard For Us To Agree About Dong From 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:03am

With a name like Dong — and so few roles for Asian-American men on TV — it's understandable that this character has been raising eyebrows. But in the context of the show, Dong makes complete sense.

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'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:03am

Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.

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Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:26pm

Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book American Ghost is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.

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A Shimmy Into English Shakes The Dirt Off This Irish Classic

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:13am

In Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Dirty Dust, the dead don't just talk. They won't shut up. Yet this inventive novel, first written in Irish, has long been sealed from English-speaking readers — until now.

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'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:34pm

Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.

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'American Crime': A Series Packed With 'Emotional Honesty' About Race

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:39pm

The show revolves around a murder case in which nearly all the characters are part victim and part aggressor. Creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez explain.

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